Somewhere Far Away…

“Whispers on the window, gone without a trace. By the time you look for me, well, I’ll be somewhere far away” – Little Big Town

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Hey friends!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything; I guess that’s because I haven’t really had much of an update to share. This isn’t a massive update either, but it’s nearly 1AM here and I can’t sleep!

Time is flying by so fast though; I remember booking this trip in early November and thinking “oh my god the next seven months are going to drag on” – but it has been the complete opposite. I’m now 28 days away from my flight to Nashville and I’m in a bit of a state of shock over it to be honest haha..

I’m in the process of working out a rough itinerary for my 2.5 weeks there. But at the same time I want to leave it kind of open because I’m sure I’ll meet a tonne of people at the hostel I’m staying at and I’ll want to go adventuring with them. My first week is pretty much set in stone though, because that’s CMA Fest week. Then I have a couple of tours booked which I’ve spoken about before.

One additional tour I locked in was a ‘Nashville TV Show Tour’ – this one takes me on a backstage tour of the Ryman, to a few filming locations, and to the Bluebird Cafe. I mainly did this because I really wanted to go to the Bluebird but heard it is so hard to get into – this tour pretty much guarantees entrance. Plus, I love the TV show of course!

Carrie Underwood just announced her fan club party, so I entered the draw to attend that one. In previous years I would always look through the photos that emerge from those parties and have had major FOMO – I’ve always wanted to go to one, but this is the first time I’ll actually be in Nashville and able to go. So please cross your fingers for me! What a dream that would be!

I’m having mental dilemmas over how much luggage to take with me. My airline allows 2 large checked bags and one carry-on bag. I went and purchased two large suitcases to take over there, but I definitely only need one. My current question is do I bring them both over anyway and fill one with my shopping? Or do I take only one and travel light, but then buy a second suitcase over there for my shopping? There will be a lot of shopping for sure

I’ve already made a bit of a shopping list! I’m going to get basically the whole Little Big Town ‘Boondocks’ merchandise range that they just released from the Opry! And I’m also going to pick up some CALIA active wear (I have an obsession with active wear in general – the fact that there is a line of active wear from Carrie Underwood is like a dream come true for me! LOL), and there are a few pieces from Karen Fairchild’s line that I absolutely love and want to pick up – like the red lace bomber jacket, and I LOOOOOVE that yellow butterfly dress.

OH! Speaking of….. there have been some exciting things going on since my last blog post. Little Big Town came to Australia and I got to see their show at the Enmore Theatre! They were absolutely incredible. All my friends know how much I adore this band and I’ve been waiting for so many years to see them live. They’d never been to Australia before, so this was a pretty big deal for me. Anyway, I can’t even describe what happened after I saw them live – I thought I was a mega-fan before, but the amount of love I felt for them after walking out of that theatre was on a whole other level. I was sitting on the balcony, front row, so I had an amazingly clear view of the stage. At one point I waved at them, and Kimberly Schlapman waved back – AND I CRIED! LOL! Such a dork! I took a few videos from that night, so here’s one of them (for real though, how good was my view!):

You can see the rest on my YouTube channel. Kip Moore opened the show for them and I got to meet him after the show! He was super cool & signed my ticket 🙂

Clare Bowen and O’Shea both just announced Australian tours for July, so I get to keep the country music gigs going when I get back from CMA Fest! I’m so excited for these ones! I saw Clare Bowen when she was in town last year and she blew me away. And O’Shea are an Aussie duo who I just adore – I was hoping they would be at CMA Fest but they’re not in the lineup. So this was a good alternative!

Anyway, now I’m rambling. I’m sure I’ll have a few updates to come before my trip, but until then, thanks for reading!

Peace!

Bel xo

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Dry Town..

“I’d give a nickel for a sip or two to wash me down, outta this dry town” – Miranda Lambert

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Hi guys,

Today I booked another element of my Nashville trip!

I found a tour company called Tennessee Whiskey Tours, and they’ve got a “Jack & Back” tour where they drive you all the way from Downtown Nashville into Lynchburg, and then take you back at the end of the day.

I’ll be doing the “Flight of Jack” which is a guided tour through the distillery where you hear stories from the past & learn about the whiskey making process. Then we go on to sample 5 varieties from the Jack Daniel’s range! The whole tour goes for 90 minutes.

I picked a fairly early tour so I’d have time to explore Lynchburg and have a nice lunch before we have to head back to Nashville.

I’m a big whiskey fan so I’m super excited for this one!

Added hyperlinks in case y’all want to check out any further info!

Bel xo

Memphis in June..

“Memphis in June. Sweet oleander blowing perfume in the air everywhere. Up jumps the moon to make it so much grander. It’s paradise honey” – Nina Simone

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Today I booked another element of my trip to Tennessee by locking in a Gray Line day trip from Nashville to Memphis.

My trip will include:

  • A visit to Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland
  • A guided tour of the famous Sun Studio
  • A visit to the Memphis Rock n Soul Museum
  • Taking a look through history at the Civil Rights Museum
  • Dinner on Beale Street

It will be tricky to fit all of this into one day honestly, but I’m determined!

This is another part of music history that I’m really interested in, so I’m super excited to be able to go there and just be in the same places that started the careers of so many music legends.

A fine way to spend a Saturday, I think!

Bel x

Drunk on a Plane..

“I bet the fella on the aisle thought I was crazy cause I taped your picture to the seatback right beside me. Now I’ve got empty mini bottles fillin’ both our trays. I’m getting drunk on a plane” – Dierks Bentley

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My first solo trip kicks off on 5th June when I head to Music City – aka Nashville!

I’m heading over there for CMA Fest 2017 and to say I’m excited is an understatement. I’m fairly sure this is literally all I’ve talked to any of my friends about since I booked my flights in November.

But ‘Flight Anxiety’ is real.

We’ve all seen that episode of The Simpsons where Marge freaks out on the plane. Literally me.

From the second I booked my flights I’ve had major anxiety about the whole long-haul flight situation (I hate flying, even small distances. This will be my first long-haul flight). Current worries:

  • What if I miss my flight?
  • When do I sleep on the plane?
  • What if I can’t sleep on the plane?
  • What if my bags get lost?
  • How do I check in to my flight?
  • What if I do it wrong?
  • How will I know where to go for my connecting flights in Dallas?
  • What if I get lost at the airport?
  • How do I go through customs?
  • I hope I don’t have to sit next to a sick person for 16 hours
  • What if my travel sim doesn’t work and I have no phone/internet?

Basically I’m just confused about the entire process of checking in and making sure my bags end up in the right place, both when boarding my initial flight and my connecting flight. I’ve never done it before.

I think its worse because I’m going alone & won’t have anyone I know to lean on.

Have to keep telling myself I’m going to an English speaking country so it’s not like I won’t be able to ask questions if I get stuck.

Hopefully by the time June 5th rolls around my worries will be behind me. We’ll see, I guess.

Does anyone else get major anxiety about this kind of stuff? Is this normal?

Bel x